Powering Future Innovation

September 20-22, 2022 | Indianapolis, IN

Evolving the Commercial Vehicle Industry to Meet Today’s Demands

The supply chain challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic underscored how essential commercial vehicles are to North American economies. As demand for delivered food, fuel, resources and goods continues to skyrocket, global emissions regulations are driving the need for innovation that accelerates operations while reducing fuel consumption.

Every year, commercial vehicle engineers count on COMVEC™ as the place to reconcile complex industry issues and overcome challenges with new solutions that increase efficiency across every level of the industry including evolved vehicle design, diverse powertrain configurations, increased agility, greater connectivity, autonomous vehicle options and digital solutions that coordinate routine maintenance, maximize equipment life cycles and manage back-office operations.


The COMVEC technical program changes each year to address the industry’s most critical topics and is tailored with input from past attendees. In 2022 you can explore a brand-new curriculum centered 80/20 on on-road and off-road with regards to:

  • Future regulations
  • Electrification
  • Off-highway
  • Functional safety
  • Cybersecurity
  • Connectivity
  • Autonomous
  • Digital engineering

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Executive Panel Spotlight

Grab a seat as executives, suppliers and leading experts from across the commercial vehicle landscape take the stage to tackle the industry’s biggest issues. With an all-new line up of panel discussions at COMVEC 2022, you will be able to see and hear first-hand industry collaboration at its finest. 

Executive Panel - The Energy Revolution: Powering the Future
Wednesday -  3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

As the debate rages on regarding the best, most efficient, and most sustainable options for powering the future, this panel will share their insights from the fleet perspective. This group of fleet executives and managers will explore their perspective on the outlook, opportunities and challenges with respect to adopting future technology such as battery electric, hydrogen fuel cells and other low carbon fuels. Fleet adoption of these future technologies will be key in determining which one or all of these disruptive technologies will power the future commercial vehicle sector. 

Powertrain Committee: University Student Powertrain Research
Thursday -   7:30 – 8:45 a.m. 

The SAE Powertrain Committee is organizing this session to profile student research projects. Submissions were invited from both MS and PhD candidates. Topics to be addressed may include: air handling, combustion, friction reduction, controls, waste heat recovery, electrification, aftertreatment, NVH, vehicle operation, alternative fuels, transmissions, driveline, e-mobility, and autonomous vehicles. 

The Energy Revolution: Powering the Future - Fleet Perspective
Thursday -   9:00- 10:00 a.m. 

As the debate rages on regarding the best, most efficient, and most sustainable options for powering the future, this panel will enter squarely into that debate. This group of industry leading executives will explore the merits of battery electric, hydrogen fuel cells and other low carbon fuels and whether there is a space for all or a clear path to one. Whether you’re in Big Trucking, Big Agriculture, Big Construction, Big Freight, or Energy, these are disruptive technologies that will change and evolve the landscape to power the future of the commercial vehicle sector. 

SuperTruck II Executive Roundtable
Thursday - 10:30 -11:15 a.m. 

Join SuperTruck 2 participants from Cummins, Daimler Paccar, Navistar, Volvo and hear the companies provide updates on their projects and results. SuperTruck 2 was launched in 2016 with the goal to double the fuel efficiency for 18-wheel tractor-trailer trucks compared to a 2010 baseline. SuperTruck 2 teams are using array of technologies including high efficiency engines, advanced aerodynamics, and lightweighting in order to meet the fuel efficiency goal. They are also using 48V mild-hybrid systems that will facilitate a transition to electrification, improve fuel efficiency and reduce cold start NOx emissions.

Fleet Run on Less Executive Roundtable
Thursday -   11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Join the NACFE Run on Less - Electric participants as they provide updates on their experiences and results. This joint effort between the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and RMI, Run on Less is a best-of-the-best, freight efficiency demonstration. Run on Less - Electric was the third in NACFE's series and included 13 fleets operating battery electric trucks using 13 different truck OEMs. Data and video storytelling to explain the detailed situation for how these trucks are being used hauling real freight, with real drivers and routes. Panelists will share how these trucks are performing today, what the drivers and operations people say about them and the opportunities for the near and longer term.